With over 18 months of operation from the ISS, CATS data has applications such as detection frequency of cloud and aerosol types, properties of aerosols above and near clouds, plume tracking with combined CATS-CALIPSO data, and studies of cloud and aerosol diurnal variability. Additionally, CATS data products are currently being processed in near real time (less than six hours) for applications such as forecasting of volcanic plume transport, experimental data assimilation into aerosol transport models (GEOS-5, NAAPS), and field campaign flight planning (KORUS-AQ, ORACLES).
Level 1B (L1B) Version 2-07 and Level 2 (L2) Version 1-04 data products were released in June 2016. The CATS V2-07 1064 nm attenuated backscatter agrees favorably with airborne Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) data, suggesting the CATS L1B products are well calibrated at that wavelength. Evaluation of L2 V1-04 data does yield several biases in cloud and aerosol layer detection and identification, as well as retrievals of optical properties that will be improved for the next version to be released in late 2016. Results using CATS data products will be presented, as well as future improvements to algorithms and data products.